19 Wedding Registry Items You’ll Probably Regret 5 Years Later
That cool margarita maker seemed like an amazing idea at the time, but you’ve used it once in 8 years and it’s been collecting dust ever since. Here are some of the top wedding gifts most couples regret registering for.
Ice cream machine
Think twice before putting this oversized gizmo on your list. “An ice cream machine can be a lot of fun because you have the chance to customize your flavors and wow your guests when you entertain with some gourmet homemade ice cream,” says Courtney Geigle, co-founder of My Wed Style of Marina Del Rey, California. “However, think about your lifestyle,” he says, “Most people either want ice cream right away, and that’s why having a box in the freezer is so great, or else they make going out for a cone a special outing.” We guarantee you’ll never regret getting these DIY wedding gifts from your close friends; drop a hint by sending them the link!
Many large serving platters
Once people get married they think they’ll have to host every holiday at their place. “The truth is that this is rarely the case, and even so, registering for 10 huge serving platters is a little over the top,” Geigle says. “Not only does it take up a massive amount of space when stored, but you’ll find that they’re difficult to arrange on your dining room table.” Opt instead for modular pieces or multiple medium-sized pieces. “That way you can even divide the stuffing into two bowls and place them on different ends of the table instead of having one huge bowl,” he adds.
Tons of bed linens for just one bed
It’s great to get rid of your old mismatched college bedding and start fresh for your marriage, but don’t be tempted to register for six different linen sets for your one bed. “Aside from storing all of it, chances are that within a few years you’ll also get a guest bed or a few twins for your growing family. And though you’ll be already heavily laden with sheets and covers, they may fit only your bed,” says Geigle. You may also size up from a full to a queen or a queen to a king, and then you’ll have exactly zero sheets that fit, and six sets that don’t. Do consider registering for items that will make any bed cozier.
Yes, coffee is all kinds of awesome, but you’re not opening up a java shop in your kitchen. “We’re sure that you have your dream coffee routine all figured out, but does that mean that you need a Keurig, a French press, a one-touch cappuccino-espresso machine as well as a classic drip set-up?” Geigle says, “The answer is no.” The truth is that you only really need one coffee maker, so choose what you will realistically use the most and ditch the others. Otherwise they’ll likely end up gathering dust and clutter in the back of the pantry. And you can always buy another one in the future. These tricks will help you brew the perfect cuppa every time.
15 or 20 knives in a block
It’s very popular to register for a 15- or even 20-piece set of knives in one of those fancy wooden blocks but unless you’re super-serious about cooking, you won’t need them. “Most couples will admit to using the bread, chef’s, and paring knives while occasionally (if ever) reaching for the rest,” says Geigle. A great solution to this is to find very good quality versions of the basic knives that you know that you’ll use daily, and add those to your list a la carte.
Bread or pasta machine
We all love the smell of freshly baked bread but you don’t need to own a machine to make it. “This appliance is quite large and usually after the initial fascination wears off, very few people use it regularly,” Geigle says. The same goes for a pasta machine. Use these no-fail quick-bread recipes to get the loaf you love without the pricey, space-hogging machine.
Everyone loves the idea of fondue. “We all at one point picture ourselves laughing with friends as we dip our goodies into some gooey melted cheese or lavish liquid chocolate,” Geigle says. “However, even those lucky people who do have a set very rarely use it, if at all.” Register for something more useful, like glass or stainless mixing bowls.
We understand the panini press craze—what’s not to love about warm pressed sandwiches with melted cheese? However, this big gadget can really do only one thing well: grill sandwiches. “Instead of a panini press, register for a little electric grill,” Geigle suggests. “Not only will you be able to continue feeding your panini cravings, but you’ll also be able to use your appliance to grill fish, chicken, burgers, and more.”
You might feel pressured to registered for some fancy entertaining items that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford, like a real silver tea set or silverware. “Silver takes a lot of work to keep in good condition as it does oxidize, and honestly, you’ll hardly ever use it,” Geigle says. “The only time it will see the light of day is when you bring them out for their annual polishing session.” Who needs that? If you already have silver, these silver polishing tricks will make it shine like new.
The iconic KitchenAid Stand Mixer is a popular registry item and also one of the most underutilized. “The KitchenAid mixer is the Mecca of all kitchen appliances, but it takes up valuable real estate on the counter and in the cabinets,” says Sarah Ntouskas, owner and principal coordinator for Make it Posh in Richmond, Virginia. “Each attachment is also is pretty large. If you’re not a big baker or don’t make homemade pasta or bake bread every day, then likely you won’t see yourself using this for anything other than a mixer and likely only will be used during the holidays when you’re making cookies. A hand held mixer will be just as sufficient and isn’t as cumbersome!” (You won’t need a mixer for these delicious no-bake desserts.)
Fine or patterned china sets
China was a staple in homes during a bygone era when people threw fancy dinner parties. Not only are they sort of impractical now, but they’re also expensive, and you’ll probably have trouble replacing any broken pieces years later. “China patterns are stocked in limited quantities and are frequently retired,” says Ntouskas, which means that if you smash two out of six plates, you likely won’t be able to use the set for company. “Couples regret registering for china because all too often you end up with not enough place settings, or you do get the 12 place settings you registered for and never use them for anything other than display,” she says.
A spiralizer is a neat gadget that will let you julienne or make noodles out of zucchini, a trendy food known as zoodles. “They look great and fun but you may use it twice and then it’s a cabinet hog,” Ntouskas says. If you’re 30 years old and haven’t used one by now, chances are you’ll never use it so skip it. Or if zoodles are your thing, get a small manual tool that takes up less space.
Cast iron anything
Cast iron is heavy and fairly demanding. “A cast iron pan weighs about 20 pounds empty and needs major maintenance,” Ntouskas says. “You can’t wash the pan with soap and water like you would with your traditional non-stick cookware. You’ll need to scrub it with a mix of kosher salt and water.” When you first buy it, you’ll also need to “season” the pan with oil, and you’ll need to store it properly. Stacking pans inside of it can strip it of its seasoning and then you’ll have to start all over.
Hey, it’s happy hour every night when you’re married, right? Not exactly. “Turns out they’re extremely messy and don’t hold any more than a blender does,” Ntouskas says. “They aren’t practical for anything other than drink mixing and they end up being brought out only for parties.” She got one when she got married and has used it three times in six years. “That’s once every two years!” Ntouskas says. Go for a practical blender instead.
Marriage will not magically make you Martha Stewart or even necessarily healthy. And juicers can be monster-sized. “The juicer is like the New Year’s resolutions of registries,” Ntouskas says. “It’s marketed so well that you think you’ll get healthy, you’ll juice—it will be the best thing you ever bought! Every one of my couples have said that they used it just once.” Yet another vote for a good blender. Smoothies are healthier anyway because they retain the produce’s fiber.
Ntouskas says a popcorn machine sounds like a perfect gift for a new couple. They’ll be having lots of movie nights at home snuggling on the couch, right? “Most couples are so busy they have very little leisure time after the honeymoon,” she says. “Using the popcorn machine takes five times the amount of time as those microwavable bags and will need to be cleaned when you’re finished.”
Your heart will break when the first one hits the floor. “This is one of those items you take out of the cabinet only for special occasions and even then, you’re concerned about its safety,” Ntouskas says. “In my opinion, anything you can’t use on a regular basis shouldn’t be on your registry. You just won’t ever use it and you’ll store it forever.”
Anything that needs to be ironed
Linen monogrammed napkins are beautiful but they’ll need to be washed, dried, and ironed every single time you use them. “Unless you don’t mind sending them to the dry cleaners after every use, I imagine you’ll be like other couples and they’ll get used once and be thrown into a drawer,” Ntouskas says. Here’s how to set an elegant holiday table for less.
The hanging pot rack
This might just be the worst registry item of all time. Ntouskas says, “They are enormous and only fit in certain kitchens. They look amazing in catalogs and showrooms but the minute your pots and pans start to tarnish or get scorch marks you’ll cringe when you walk in the kitchen and see them hanging there. Also, not hitting your head on them is a challenge.”